Established in 1842
At Pickering College, parents and students will discover our long history of leadership amongst independent schools – a tradition of educational excellence and innovation since 1842. Founded on Quaker values emphasizing learning through action, students will discover a school where academic, co-curricular and residential programs focus on developing leadership, values-based decision-making and social responsibility through service to others. They will discover a spirit of community linked to the past, energized in the present and focused on the future.
Pickering College is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Founded in 1842 as a Quaker school, and established in our current Newmarket location since 1909, the mission of Pickering College is to be a leader in education, inspiring individuals to become enlightened citizens who meet high standards for lifelong growth and learning. We develop and instill in our students the attributes, values, knowledge, self-confidence and the courage to be successful in life. Our students not only develop strong academic skills, but they develop social consciousness and leadership skills in order to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.
is to be a leader in education, inspiring individuals to become enlightened citizens who meet high standards for lifelong growth and learning. Our students exemplify Quaker values, gaining the vision, courage and skills to make their community greater, better and more beautiful than they discovered it.
is to be a school that develops citizens who become ethical, compassionate, values-based decision makers, determined to make the world a better place, understanding their responsibility to serve society and knowing the future is theirs to create.
What makes a school great? The people!
Moments of spontaneous enlightenment – ‘the teachable moment’ between teacher and students when, in an instant, the world becomes clear – those moments are the mark of great teachers, great students and a great school.
In addition to an outstanding faculty, the Pickering College community is rich with staff, volunteers, parents and alumni who give their time, talents and resources to ensure that our school thrives. It is these individuals who help us bring our vision to life and who add to the fabric and spirit of life at Pickering College.
Our faculty consists of the Headmaster and 51 qualified teachers, many with post-graduate degrees and diverse areas of specialization. Notable for their own academic accomplishments and talents, they are keen to share their enthusiasm for learning, challenges and success and also act as advisors to students. To stay current in their profession, faculty members continue their own education and professional development.
Our administrative and support staff fulfill an important role in daily school life and often participate in co-curricular activities. They ensure that faculty have the resources necessary to providing a stimulating, safe and comfortable learning environment. Many of them are university graduates and some are licensed professional teachers.
Pickering College is located on a beautiful 42-acre campus just 30 minutes north of Toronto in Newmarket, Ontario. Our majestic buildings speak to the history and tradition of Pickering College, and with regular investments and upgrades, continue to provide leading edge learning space for our students.
Junior and Senior School classrooms are outfitted with SmartBoards, educational software and wireless technology such that every student benefits from the innovation that technology brings to teaching. Arts facilities include new audio, visual and music labs, as well as a fully-functional, CRTC-licensed radio station and recording studio (102.7 Chop FM).
Ample recreation space includes: 4 playing fields for soccer and rugby; a baseball diamond; a rubberized surface track; a fully-equipped athletic complex; an indoor skating arena and an off-site equestrian facility.
Our kitchen and servery are equipped with leading-edge cooking equipment; our kitchen team serves a higher quality, nutritionally sound menu of daily meals. Our Student Lounge provides a space for students to gather, whether to work on a group project or simply to enjoy a bit of downtime.
Why not experience the warm and comfortable environment of Pickering College for yourself? Simply contact our Admission Office to schedule a tour.
Boarding Life at a Top Boarding School in Canada
Pickering College is a warm, vibrant and supportive community of dedicated and caring staff, families and friends. It is a place where students are supported and challenged to follow their dreams and where they can grow and develop into compassionate leaders who have a strong sense of social justice, ethics, environmental consciousness and a determination to make the world a better place. It is a school where kids are excited to come -- where they can develop a global perspective and learn to seize the opportunities before them.
Pickering College works to ensure our boarding students, especially those adjusting to a new culture and climate, ﬁnd a “home away from home”. Starting in Grade 7, students can enjoy a safe, supportive and healthy learning environment living directly on campus. From trips, to group activities, to the “circle of care” that supports the academic and emotional well-being of students; various ongoing Pickering College initiatives help make living away from home a positive and enriching experience. Each student is a member of a boarding "family” and forms lifelong friendships with boarders from across Canada and around the world. Boarding life also provides faculty-supervised study periods, family-style meals, housekeeping services, frequent outings, and a wide range of competitive and recreational activities.
With boarding students leaving the care, comfort, and guidance that their home life provides it is imperative that a structured boarding program be in place. At Pickering College the boarding program is designed to provide a high level of support to our students in order to create a dynamic and respectful community within our residences. The program encourages each student to develop their full potential, to be tolerant, ethical, active in their community and curious about the world we live in. It also inspires a passion for learning by engaging students in a number of activities and outings and through weekly curricular sessions on a wide range of topics chosen to ensure our students’ success now and in their future beyond the four pillars.
The curriculum addresses students’ needs based on their age, stage of development, gender and cultural background. Our international students are taught Canadian cultural norms and expectations and are encouraged to share with our day students information about their country, culture and traditions.
The breadth of the curriculum provides a comprehensive approach to teaching important life skills such as managing their living space, doing laundry, living collaboratively to healthy habits, financial management, time management, and effective communication and study skills.
The program supports the values of the school and the Mission and Vision of Pickering College. Students also have the opportunity to take on leadership roles such as membership on the Boarding Life Committee as a Proctor. This is an esteemed position within the boarding community as these students work with the Student Life Committee to address the needs of all constituents, to discuss day and boarding life, to plan and organize school wide events and to support the boarding program.
Every student participates in Pickering College’s Global Leadership Program
At Pickering College, all students, Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, benefit from the fully integrated, enriched programming of the Global Leadership Program.The Global Leadership Program teaches students to deeply consider the global context, and to develop the skills necessary to effectively participate in this context. Creative and innovative decision making drives all programming in academics and activities beyond the classroom.
Three aligned but distinct programs for Junior (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5), Middle (Grades 6 to 8) and Senior (Grades 9 to 12) School students differ through the skills and academic instruction tailored to each specific age group, but all progress to culminate in an action-based Global Leadership Diploma.
Guiding you to success
At Pickering College our Guidance team is committed to supporting students in all facets of their educational experience. Our Guidance Counsellors provide support, services, and resources to help students to develop and reach their personal, academic, and career goals. It is their mission to ensure that each student feels known and supported, and that they receive the encouragement, information, and skill-development needed to achieve personal success. Our Guidance Services team consists of two Senior Guidance Counsellors with Guidance Specialist qualifications and one Guidance Administrative Assistant.
The Guidance Counsellors take a collaborative, whole child approach to providing student support; they work closely with parents, teachers, Advisors, the Learning Services team, and outside specialists. Counsellors meet with students both individually, and in small groups, and also deliver Guidance programming through the Advisor Program and the Grade 10 Career Education course. Each Counsellor acts as a proactive point person for student concerns, whether academic, personal, or social-emotional. Students will be assigned a Guidance Counsellor in Grade 9, or as they enter the school, and this counsellor works closely with them throughout their Senior School Career.
The Guidance Program promotes self-awareness, career planning, and educational decision-making at every grade level. For example:
Grade 9 students as well as students who are new to the Senior School will be engaged in transition activities that will allow them to better navigate their new academic landscape.
In Grade 10, the Guidance Counsellors deliver the .5 credit Career Education course which provides students with the opportunity to deeply explore their interests, skills, and aptitudes and conduct detailed post-secondary and career research.
In Grade 11, students are well supported in making important decisions in furthering their post-secondary planning and research.
In their graduating year, Counsellors provide step-by-step instruction and support in navigating the post-secondary application process including both domestic and international options, and scholarship opportunities.
We strongly encourage PC families to make full use of the resources and support available in our Guidance Department. In addition to the programs and support offered for all students, parents may contact Guidance Counsellors for information about tutoring referrals, special learning needs, outside counselling resources, summer opportunities, or any other concern that they need assistance with.
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